Gannon University Professor Teaches Abroad
Posted: August 7, 2015
Faced with a summer without teaching responsibilities, many
university faculty members choose to travel. Renee Castrigano, DBA,
assistant professor in Gannon University's Department of Financial
and Economic Analysis, chose to teach and travel.
Castrigano spent a week at Hof University of Applied Sciences as
part of the university's International Teaching Week. It was her
first international teaching experience.
She applied for the program at the suggestion of Bruce Kibler,
Ph.D., director of the management program in Gannon University's
Dahlkemper School of Business. Kibler has extensive teaching
experience in Germany.
Castrigano taught financial accounting to her German students
despite the fact that the IFRS (International Financial Reporting
Standards) accounting standards used in Germany are different from
the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) used in the
U.S. "IFRS has recently updated the standards of accounting for
inventory and construction contracts; therefore, Hof University has
requested these two topics to be covered," Castrigano said. "IFRS
and U.S. GAAP have been in the process of convergence of standards
for many years; therefore, I have previously taught the comparison
of IFRS and U.S. GAAP numerous times."
Founded in 1994, Hof University of Applied Sciences
(Fachhochschule Hof) is a business, media and technical university
in the German state of Bavaria with an enrollment of 2,600
students. Hof University offers 29 bachelor's and master's degree
programs in business, computing and engineering.